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VERMONT EDGES MEN'S BASKETBALL, 67-66, DESPITE 24 FROM WASHINGTON
Baltimore, MD—Reigning America East Conference Player of the Year Taylor Coppenrath scored 30 points, as defending league champion Vermont (5-5, 2-0 AEC) held off conference newcomer UMBC (4-7, 1-1 AEC), 67-66, in the home debut of the Retrievers in the league.
Coppenrath, a 6’9” junior forward, tallied 15 points in the first half, but sat the final seven minutes of the half with two fouls, as the Retrievers took a 36-31 halftime lead. But the Catamounts outscored UMBC, 10-1, to open the second half, and grabbed a 41-38 advantage with to play. UMBC senior guard Kareem Washington, who would score a season high 24 points, gave UMBC its last lead, hitting a three-pointer to put the hosts in front, 50-49 at the mark. But three-pointers by T.J. Sorrentine and Alex Jensen and a pair of layups by Coppenrath sparked a 12-2 run which gave
Washington, who hit a career best six three-point goals, tried to bring the Retrievers back, hitting a layup and a three-point goal on successive possessions to trim the gap to 64-61 with to play. Coppenrath rebounded his own miss on the next possession and Sorrentine sunk a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to extend the lead to 66-61. UMBC’s Cory McJimson hit a quick layup, and Coppenrath responded with one of two free throws to give
Coppenrath his 13 of 22 shots from the floor and led the Catamounts with 7 rebounds. Sorrentine, also a pre-season All League selection at guard, was the other